INTRODUCTION: Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Robert Mugabe returned to Salisbury form the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Melbourne, Australia on Sunday (11 October).
1. GV Mr. Mugabe walks down steps from aircraft. 0.13
2. SV Officials waiting on tarmac. 0.16
3. SV INTERIOR Mr. Mugabe seated with officials and speaking. 0.45
4. SV ZOOM TO CU Mr. Mugabe continues speaking. (2 SHOTS) 2.06
TRANSCRIPT: MUGABE (SEQ 3): "On South Africa, apartheid was condemned as inhuman, and reference was made to the discussions in Lusaka, as well as to the United Nations position, and countries were urged to do all in their power to combat this evil system inside South Africa. I was very happy that the problem was faced with the degree of seriousness I had not expected. All the countries were determined that Namibia be free and (INDISTINCT) the British government... the British delegation and Canadian delegation, which are part of the contact group, were a serious-minded as we were on the Namibian issue, and all of them expressed a desire that by 1982 Namibia should be free. If pressures are exerted efficiently on South Africa by the contact group, especially by the United States, I cannot see any reason why Namibia should not be free by 1982. All that is standing in the way to the freedom of Namibia is South Africa's intransigence. Remove that, and there will smooth sailing to independence.
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Background: SALISBURY, ZIMBABWE
INTRODUCTION: Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Robert Mugabe returned to Salisbury form the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Melbourne, Australia on Sunday (11 October). At an airport news conference, Mr. Mugabe spoke on the condemnation by the conference of South Africa's apartheid policy, and the hope that Namibia will become independent by 1982.
Before returning to Zimbabwe, Prime Minister Mugabe had said in a television interview broadcast in New Zealand that he thought Prime Minister Robert Muldoon had wanted the controversial tour of the South African Springboks rugby team. Mr. Mugabe then spoke on apartheid.
Source: REUTERS - CHRIS EVERSON